Sustainability

Campus Garden Internship

The Campus Garden Intern leads the daily operation and maintenance of the campus garden in promotion of environmental stewardship and service learning.

The Campus Garden Intern begins a yearlong internship with a paid stipend during the summer. During the summer months, work focuses on providing programmatic continuity for the upcoming academic year. As President of the Garden Club, the Campus Garden Intern coordinates ecological initiatives with Buildings and Grounds, the Center for Environment & Society, the Eastern Shore Food Lab, and the Student Government Association.

The Campus Garden Intern practices a level of independence and collaboration with supervisors to develop a work plan and adhere to the mission and goals of the garden. Students may apply for the internship in spring through the Center for Environment & Society.

Internship Topics

Beekeeping; community organizing; composting; cooking; ecological literacy; environmental leadership and advocacy; field trips to aspirational gardens and farms; food security; horticulture; market gardening; natural building; permaculture theory and methods; wildcrafting.

Summer Commitment: 15-20 hours/week

Academic Year Commitment: 5 hours/week

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the mission and goals of the Campus Garden.
  • Beautify the garden space and facilitate its use as an outdoor classroom.
  • Coordinate volunteer efforts in the garden.
  • Partner with community groups (local schools, Master Gardener programs).
  • Lead the Campus Garden Club.
  • Update the Campus Garden website.
  • Write grants to establish new programming.

The intern must be:

  • a full-time Washington College student.
  • driven by a strong environmental ethic.
  • enthusiastic for building community.
  • self-motivated and require minimal supervision.
  • a determined advocate for sustainability and food justice.

Helpful Experience

  • Prior gardening/farming experience.
  • Familiarity with CSAs, small family farms, forest gardens, and permaculture.
  • Understanding of soil health and ecological principles of horticulture.
  • Ability to articulate the distinction between organic and industrial agriculture.

Potential for Academic Internship Credit
The campus garden internship might be tailored for academic credit. The intern would develop a course of study with a sponsoring faculty member in a related discipline.